In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

by WorldTribune Staff, April 17, 2017 In advance of the Trump administration’s first formal high-level exchange with Pakistan, national security adviser H.R. McMaster suggested that Washington is adjusting its policy towards a key ally in the region. McMaster visited Islamabad on April 17, a day after holding talks with Afghan leaders in Kabul. He delivered […]

Study: 215 million Christians worldwide are experiencing extreme persecution

Study: 215 million Christians worldwide are experiencing extreme persecution

by WorldTribune Staff, April 16, 2017 More than 215 million Christians worldwide face heavy persecution, the majority of whom reside in Middle Eastern nations, a new study said. One in 12 Christians today experiences high, very high or extreme persecution for their faith, according to Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted […]

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Taliban has revived and conflict escalation seems likely

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Taliban has revived and conflict escalation seems likely

Special to WorldTribune.com By Jonathan Alexander Hoffman, Research Associate, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The security situation in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate rapidly through February 2017, and risked dragging the region and international community into a revived major conflict with no consideration yet being made by Kabul or major external powers as to the possible, or […]

China weighs influence options with $3 trillion hard currency reserves — Geostrategy-Direct

China weighs influence options with $3 trillion hard currency reserves — Geostrategy-Direct

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China’s Supreme Leader Xi Jinping has ordered a drastic reduction in the speed and volume of buying influence in foreign countries due to China’s economic slowdown and the meager payback from many recipient nations. China has the world’s largest hard currency reserve, currently at a staggering amount of $3 trillion, […]

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

by WorldTribune Staff, February 14, 2017 Saudi Arabia over the past four months has deported some 40,000 Pakistani workers, many of whom were said to be linked to Islamic State (ISIS) and other terror groups. The foreign workers were deported for visa violations, security concerns and being involved in crimes such as theft and drug […]

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago. According to a UN report there were 11,418 conflict related causalities documented, which includes 3,500 killed. Over 900 children died and another 2,600 were […]

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 […]

Document: Bin Laden feared Iran would plant tracking devices on sons

Document: Bin Laden feared Iran would plant tracking devices on sons

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, during his years hiding in Pakistan, worried that Iranian officials might implant tracking devices on his sons, according to a document released on January 19. “If they inject you with a shot, this shot might be loaded with a tiny […]

State Dept. report: Some Islamic laws contradict ‘universally recognized human rights’

State Dept. report: Some Islamic laws contradict ‘universally recognized human rights’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty In a new report, the U.S. State Department raised concerns over laws against blasphemy and apostasy in Islamic societies. “Such laws conflict with and undermine universally recognized human rights,” it said in its annual report on global religious freedom released on August 10. In Pakistan, blasphemy […]

Urgent agenda item for Shanghai group summit: ‘Armed extremists’ in Afghanistan

Urgent agenda item for Shanghai group summit: ‘Armed extremists’ in Afghanistan

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russia says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will discuss a “very tense situation” in Afghanistan when the grouping holds its summit in Uzbekistan this week. Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on June 22 that an estimated 60,000 “armed extremists” were fighting in Afghanistan, including 10,000 under […]

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